All iPads iPad vs iPad Mini

steineronie

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Hello, I currently have a 32gig iPad 4 and I was at the apple store yesterday to look at the iPad Mini and it felt so much thinner and lighter. So what I was thinking about doing is selling my iPad 4 right now before the price drops and buying an iPad mini, then selling that when the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 come out and decide which one to get between those two. I need advise weather to keep this iPad and wait for the iPad 5/iPad Mini 2 to come out or if I should just sell my iPad before the prices go down and buy a Mini while I am waiting. My main concerns are: resale value, and since I'm use to retina displays I don't know if the Mini screen will bother me. So if you could comment on what you think I should do, it would be very helpful to me.

Thanks in advance,
Steineronie :) :apple:
 
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azure247

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Sep 9, 2008
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If you buy an ipad mini now and sell the mini when the mini 2 comes out you come out to a big loss. The BEST advice is to sell the ipad 4 now and WAIT for the mini 2 or ipad 5.

Furthermore, the mini will fetch even LESS money since the mini 2 will be out.
 

steineronie

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Ok, thanks. I'll probably just wait to sell my iPad until like a week or so before they announce it, then the real question will be weather to get either the iPad 5 or the Mini 2
 

irDigital0l

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Ok, thanks. I'll probably just wait to sell my iPad until like a week or so before they announce it, then the real question will be weather to get either the iPad 5 or the Mini 2
Why not wait until both are released, go into an Apple store, try both of them, then decide on your personal liking instead of hypothesizing which might be better?

That's what I would do.
 

steineronie

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May 4, 2013
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Orlando, FL
I was going to do that, it's just that I'm going to sell my current iPad before the resell value goes down because of the new iPads. Thanks for replying :)
 

steineronie

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May 4, 2013
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Orlando, FL
I don't know if I should sell now or not because I don't know how long it will be until they unveil the new iPads, it will probably be around October though. I heard that there were rumors about it being released in mid summer, but I'm not sure. I just don't want to spend to long without an iPad, I use it almost constantly throughout the day for school and at home.
 

raccoonboy

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Oct 22, 2012
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There will be u and tons others who chose to sell their Ipads a week before the new one come out. That would drive the price down even more.

My advice, if you so much like the ipad mini weight and size. Then u should sell ipad 4 now and get the mini. U have like 5 months to make good use out of your device, apple decrease the price then who care. How do you know Ipad mini 2 will have retina, if it does who know about battery?

IMO, Ipad 4 is far superior in every aspects but thats just me.
 

AppleRobert

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Nov 12, 2012
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You read the rest, now read the best! :)

Do you have to sell the iPad 4 to buy the Mini? The 16gb is only $299 at Walmart.

Buy that Mini and try it for 14 days to make sure it is the ipad you prefer for now since you might be turned off by the resolution and PPI.. If not, return it and keep the iPad 4. If the Mini is to your liking, then sell the iPad 4.

Better safe than sorry!
 
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sparky1499

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Oct 5, 2008
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Buy it now.

If you don't like it take it back.

We're always wanting to have the newest, bestest, most shiniest things.

Just buy the one that you'll make most use out of NOW!
 

mpayne2k

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May 12, 2010
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Buy a Mini now...see if it can replace your nice Retina'd iPad 4 and decide later on selling the 4. If it isn't a suitable replacement for the 4, I'd say just keep both if your wallet can handle being light. Then when the Mini 2 and/or 5 come out sell whichever one you want and upgrade if you are so inclined.

Personally I think there is some convenience of owning both a smaller tablet and a full sized one. I don't think you should look for the Mini to replace your 4, unless you know its just for the moment until the next gen is announced/released.
 

pod5g

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May 15, 2013
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Hello, I currently have a 32gig iPad 4 and I was at the apple store yesterday to look at the iPad Mini and it felt so much thinner and lighter. So what I was thinking about doing is selling my iPad 4 right now before the price drops and buying an iPad mini, then selling that when the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 come out and decide which one to get between those two. I need advise weather to keep this iPad and wait for the iPad 5/iPad Mini 2 to come out or if I should just sell my iPad before the prices go down and buy a Mini while I am waiting. My main concerns are: resale value, and since I'm use to retina displays I don't know if the Mini screen will bother me. So if you could comment on what you think I should do, it would be very helpful to me.

Thanks in advance,
Steineronie :) :apple:
In my experience, once you go Retina, you can't go back. The iPad has a Retona display and A6X processor. The iPad mini has a non-Retina display and A5 processor. The iPad mini is basically a small iPad 2 hardware wise.
 

azure247

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Sep 9, 2008
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In my experience, once you go Retina, you can't go back. The iPad has a Retona display and A6X processor. The iPad mini has a non-Retina display and A5 processor. The iPad mini is basically a small iPad 2 hardware wise.
I have a urge to buy a mini but this is what kept me from buying it. Why would I want to buy 2011 technology at 329 dollars even if the smaller form is nice.
 

vmaniqui

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Mar 8, 2013
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I have a urge to buy a mini but this is what kept me from buying it. Why would I want to buy 2011 technology at 329 dollars even if the smaller form is nice.
i have an Ipad 3 (retina), an iphone 4S/5, a rMBP 15" and 13" and i still bought an Ipad Mini. having all these retina display Apple products before i got my mini yet i am satisfied with the screen display of the mini.

in my experience, once you go retina you can still go NON-RETINA. i am a simple person. it's just about being satisfied with what you have and what you can get and not complain with what you don't have and demand that they give you what you want.
 

pod5g

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May 15, 2013
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i have an Ipad 3 (retina), an iphone 4S/5, a rMBP 15" and 13" and i still bought an Ipad Mini. having all these retina display Apple products before i got my mini yet i am satisfied with the screen display of the mini.

in my experience, once you go retina you can still go NON-RETINA. i am a simple person. it's just about being satisfied with what you have and what you can get and not complain with what you don't have and demand that they give you what you want.
I'm not trying to be stuck up or anything. I can use my old iPod, I don't go crazy insulting the non-Retina display. It's just that the Retina display is SO much better.
 

madgibbon

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Mar 1, 2013
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I sold my iPad 4 and bought an iPad mini. Fantastic device, the best small tablet IMHO, the form factor is great.

However after the honeymoon period was over I started to miss the display and performance from the iPad 4. I mainly use my iPad for games, photo editing and reading magazines for which I find the iPad 4 is much better at.

I've since passed the mini to my wife and purchased another iPad 4, I do notice the weight more now though.

I would suggest buying the mini from a store which allows open box returns such as Apple and try it for a week. If you still like it after that sell the iPad 4 otherwise return the mini.

If the next mini does have a higher resolution display/faster performance and the iPad 5 is lighter it will be a difficult choose between the two:)
 

ahendarman

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I have an iPad 4 and bought a mini recently for my wife. I ended up using the mini and gave the 4 to her. Portability and being able to use it rather inconspicuously won it for me. I hardly miss the retina display unless I put them next to each other.
 

vmaniqui

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Mar 8, 2013
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I have an iPad 4 and bought a mini recently for my wife. I ended up using the mini and gave the 4 to her. Portability and being able to use it rather inconspicuously won it for me. I hardly miss the retina display unless I put them next to each other.
Same thing here. I have an ipad 3 but got myself a mini and couldn't be happier. It's just so easy to carry and so light. I could take it with me anywhere I go and the ipad 3 stays at home.
 

TyPod

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You read the rest, now read the best! :)

Do you have to sell the iPad 4 to buy the Mini? The 16gb is only $299 at Walmart.

Buy that Mini and try it for 14 days to make sure it is the ipad you prefer for now since you might be turned off by the resolution and PPI.. If not, return it and keep the iPad 4. If the Mini is to your liking, then sell the iPad 4.

Better safe than sorry!
I agree with this, definitely the safest bet.
 

Amplelink

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In my experience, once you go Retina, you can't go back. The iPad has a Retona display and A6X processor. The iPad mini has a non-Retina display and A5 processor. The iPad mini is basically a small iPad 2 hardware wise.
The size/weight factor trumps the retina display for me. A mini with a retina display will be an absolute winner.
 

Badrottie

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I think you should stick with iPad 5…Why? iPad 5 is thinner and lighter just like iPad mini…the only difference is screen size…so you will need to answer your own question is which screen size really important to you? I prefer full size screen for watching movies with readable closed caption. :apple: